Ian Zumback Signs with Sprig Music

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October 26, 2016

Ian Zumback Signs with Sprig Music

Watertown, NY – Sprig Music is pleased to announce the signing of Nashville-based singer-songwriter Ian Zumback to its label roster. With his long music history and profound faith journey, Ian brings a wealth of seasoned life experiences and a rich songwriting and performance craft that embodies the Christ-altered life of the believer.

At the heart of Ian’s music is a desire to refresh and comfort others and to reconcile people to God.

“Sprig is very passionate about adding a dimension that serves a niche, if you will, of people that are yet to hear the Gospel,” says Zumback. “Meanwhile, other listeners may already be Christians but desire to hear a sound that’s a bit different than some of the other genres available.” And it’s this heart that label president, Christopher Hopper, is capitalizing on.

“Ian is bringing something to the table that’s fresh and tangible,” Hopper states. “His sound and his lyrics resonate with people. They’re raw, truth-telling lines that evoke this sense of, ‘Oh yeah, I feel like that too.’ It’s that kind of honesty that’s really made us fall in love with what he’s doing.”

Sprig is releasing Zumback’s first single, Murderer a Messenger, on November 18 complete with a new music video directed by Luka Iverson. The single will be available worldwide through major distribution and precedes an LP release slated for the summer of 2017.

“I couldn’t be more excited than I am to be joining the Sprig Music family,” says Zumback. “We share a vision consistent with each other, and I feel so privileged to share a place on the artist roster with my friends Brothers McClurg and Weston Skaggs.”

Zumback currently resides in Nashville with his wife, Susan, and their son, Jonah.

For booking requests, please contact Daniela Piña with Sprig Music Booking at (315) 788-0825 or fill out Sprig Music’s Artist Booking Form. •

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Weston Skaggs Signs Deal with Sprig Music

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WATERTOWN, NY – Sprig Music is pleased to announce our partnership with recording artist and worship leader Weston Skaggs. As the newest artist on the Sprig roster, Skaggs comes with a long history of ministry to the church, as well as a deep reservoir of powerful songs that we believe the world needs to hear.

“I am so glad to be a part of the Sprig music family,” says Skaggs. “This team is full of incredibly talented and Godly people who have made me feel welcomed and encouraged.”

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Skaggs is known for his unique blend of indie folk music and American roots. Add to that his heart for the local church, and what comes out is a worship leader who’s able to paint pictures of the highs and lows of the human experience. His songs are deeply authentic and accessible, drawing from situations like the dramatic birth of his daughter.

“My wife, Amy, nearly died in childbirth with Paisley,” recounts Skaggs. “She lost 10 liters of blood due to hemorrhaging, and underwent a hysterectomy during a 4-hour life-saving surgery.” The implications of the surgery are far-reaching, as anyone can imagine. But Skaggs insists that God used the experience for good. “Some extraordinary things happen to someone who holds on to the love of God when the odds are totally against them. Only one thing can account for it all—the love of God in Christ Jesus.”

And it’s precisely from this sort of place that Skaggs penned the lyrics to of his upcoming LP Joy & Sorrow Meet. “Out of the wreck I rise,” he says, “every single time.” The album pre-releases on Friday July 22, 2016 exclusively at Kingdom Bound at Darien Lake, NY with a full release the following Friday, July 29 on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, and physically at Sprig Music Store.

“Being a church-founded, artist-centric label means that Sprig has no conflict of interest to tamper with their artists’ songs and personal calling,” Skaggs adds. “This has allowed me to feel very settled and free to create the most true expression of my art in the studio.”

For more information on Weston Skaggs, please visit sprigmusic.com/artists. For media interviews and booking, please contact Daniela Piña (315) 788-0825. •

Sprig Music Signs Drummer Sam Widrick

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WATERTOWN, NEW YORK – Sprig Music is pleased to announce its management partnership with drummer Sam Widrick. Widrick is best known for his current tour status with husband and wife duo Christopher and Jennifer Hopper, as well as for his studio performances on their current worship album Awaken. He’s also a weekly live drummer for New Life Christian Church in Watertown, New York.

Widrick’s attention to detail, dedication to excellence, and impeccable sense of timing make him one of Sprig Music’s favorite drummers. His playing is hallmarked by consistency and a keen ear for artistic nuance.

“Plus,” says Christopher Hopper, “he’s just a likable, easygoing guy. And that’s not as common as you might think, especially when under pressure on stage or in the studio.”

With specialities in rock, hard core, and pop, as well as a growing interest in jazz, R&B, and country, Widrick’s wide dialog of genres makes him an asset to studio and road acts alike. He’s highly prepared, diligent, and always brimming with creative interpretations and insights. He’s also versatile in large and small venues, able to adjust dynamically to environmental contexts.

“We couldn’t do what we do without Sam,” says Jennifer Hopper. “He’s the glue that holds us together.”

Please visit Widrick’s Sprig Music page for booking and endorsement inquiries.

Press Release: Sprig Music Signs Artist Michael Bahn

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Watertown, NY – Sprig Music is pleased to announce its partnership with singer/songwriter Michael Bahn of Grants Pass, Oregon. Bahn is a prolific writer and worship leader who serves as pastor of worship and administration at River Valley Church (RVC). Along with multiple albums of his own original music, he’s worked with numerous notable national artists, including Lincoln Brewster, Logan Martin, Chris & Conrad, Phil Stacey, Don Moen, Brandon Bee, Kate White, and Brothers McClurg.

Bahn is currently recording his third album, his first with Sprig Music, slated for a fourth quarter 2015 release. The album, produced by Chris and Anthony Hoisington of Brothers McClurg fame, will be prefaced with a new single “Rejoice” for airplay during the Christmas holiday.

Sprig Music is excited to produce and promote Bahn’s songs, all of which are designed to be easily accessible to worship leaders serving churches large and small. His modern vocal stylizing, instrumental proficiency, and dedication to song craft make him a musical inspiration. Bahn himself is a valuable addition to the Sprig Music family of artists as his love for people and desire for excellence are abundantly apparent in his work, as his his love for his wife and children.

To learn more about Michael Bahn, or to book him for dates in 2016, please visit his artist page for more information. •

Brothers McClurg Signs Record Deal With Sprig Music

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Brothers McClurg Signs Record Deal With Sprig Music

By Victoria Peryer

WATERTOWN, NY – Henry Ford famously said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” And while Brothers McClurg and Sprig Music won’t be fabricating automobiles anytime soon, they will be making records together. Which, more than likely, will be played in plenty of automobiles.

Sprig Music is announcing its newest partnership with recording artists Brothers McClurg, signing a two-album record deal this month, as well as a comprehensive booking agreement.

“It feels like a very genuine and fresh approach to musical partnership,” says Brothers McClurg co-founder Chris Hoisington. “Partnering with Sprig is a natural next step for our season of ministry.”

The band, with four previous albums, is ramping up for the release of their newest LP (yes, it will be on vinyl too), entitled Home. The record was going to be independently released following the band’s amicable parting with Integrity Music, but now finds its home on the Sprig label.

Additionally, the band will be heading into Sprig Studios later this month to record a second release entitled Around The Mic. The project is anticipated to be a studio-capturing of their notable “around the mic” unplugged acoustic sets which fans of all ages have been requesting for years.

Producer and recording engineer Peter Hopper will be in the driver’s seat for Around The Mic—or at least calling shotgun to man the radio dials. With over 6,000 recording projects to his name, and a career spanning more than 50 years, his expertise is a perfect fit for the vintage sound the band is looking for. “We’re printing this to two-inch tape,” Peter says, speaking of Sprig’s two vintage Studer analog tape machines, which marry seamlessly with the studio’s Amek console and ProTools rig. “It doesn’t get any fatter or warmer than that. We’re just thrilled to be working with such wonderful guys to make wonderful music for Jesus.”

Paul Mitro, a fellow studio owner and live mixing engineer, will also be working alongside Peter on production for Around The Mic. Having worked closely with Brothers McClurg for years, his contributions will help maintain the sound and consistency the band has worked hard to achieve.

The deal takes the band/label partnership into 2016 complete with renewal options.

Anthony Hoisington, brother to Chris, expressed excitement over their new label affiliation. “Sprig Music is setting a precedent of how the music industry can function in the new age. It’s nice to have a grassroots approach and feel. Like making music on the front porch and drinking a nice sweet tea.”

Chris agrees, nodding with his iconic afro. “Our partnership works in a way that our handshake and friendship means more than the music that we’re making. It’s humbling to have people that believe in the power of music and the power of Christ.”

Both albums will release physically on Friday, March 27, hallmarked by an album release party in Buffalo, NY (venue TBA), while a digital release date of Tuesday, March 31 will be commemorated with a live streaming concert inside Sprig Studios.

“What we’re all involved with is a fresh and smart approach to ministry through the arts,” adds Jeremy Thompson, another of the band’s key members.

“Sprig is a liberating model of how a label, a Church and a band can come together and make Christ honoring music,” says Chris.

Subscribe to the band’s email list for news on the upcoming releases, and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for a look behind the scenes as they record at Sprig Studios later this month.

And if you frequent an automobile, we highly recommend you add these upcoming tunes to your road-trip playlist.

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Left to right: Christopher Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Anthony Hoisington, Kevin Bish, Peter Hopper, Jeremy Thompson.

Left to right: Christopher Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Anthony Hoisington, Kevin Bish, Peter Hopper, Jeremy Thompson.

Left to right: Kevin Bish, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington during final negotiations.

Left to right: Kevin Bish, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington during final negotiations.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Christopher Hopper, Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, reviewing demo recordings in Sprig Studios’ control room.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Chris Hoisington, Christopher Hopper, Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, reviewing demo recordings in Sprig Studios’ control room.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Christopher Hopper during final negotiations.

Left to right: Peter Hopper, Christopher Hopper during final negotiations.

Left to right: Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington in Studio A tracking a test demo.

Left to right: Anthony Hoisington, Jeremy Thompson, Chris Hoisington in Studio A tracking a test demo.

Sprig Signs Artist Meg Sutherland

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From award winning Executive Producer Douglas Gresham (the Narnia films), and producer Christopher Hopper, comes the cinematic/indie debut album of singer/songwriter Meg Sutherland.

Meg Sutherland’s cinematic-indie debut features thirteen original songs that span a lifetime of trial and triumph. The album, Courage, Dear Heart, which is slated for a winter 2014 release, is a deep and provocative exposition of the human heart, set to music by Sutherland’s exquisite vocal talent and uncompromising piano mastery.

Songs like “How To Love” and “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” explore the melancholy of familial tension, where “Walls Of My Soul” is a tribute to those who bravely pick up the pieces of the past and dare to rebuild. “Send Us The Rain” is an anthem of hope, crying out to the God who’s faithful to provide, and “Show You” is an invitation to experience life to its fullest.

Other songs, like “Real” and “Doug’s Song,” summon the nostalgia hidden within the literature and feature films birthed from the mind of the late C.S. Lewis. These songs alone are a must for any fan of the Narnia legacy.

“I have known Narnia all my life,” says Gresham, “and amazingly, this girl-child seems to know it almost as well as I do. Meg’s music sings from and about the heart. Sometimes it hurts. Sometimes it fills with joy. But then, beauty is like that.”

Ultimately, Sutherland’s picturesque work is an invitation into life-living, to feel and touch the emotions that make us human. It’s her detailed words and soaring melodies that tie her listeners together, binding them in a mystical journey worthy of another world.

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